Thursday, March 15, 2018

Let Your Heart Take Courage

"A Psalm of Fearless Trust in God"~ That is the heading for Psalm 27 in my Bible.


I do not consider myself fearless. I despair and fret over things. I am not by nature a big worrier but I still have much self doubt and am always feeling hurt by things in life. I am definitely a sensitive person which can be good or bad. However, God created me that way for a purpose.

I am thinking back over my whole book journey. The first reflections are of the life I have been given, the trials and the pain, and why I chose to write a book to begin with. Not really feeling qualified but feeling God wanted me to tell my story to give others hope.

Hope in Him.

Then I consider what gives me joy. True joy. From the inside out. What do I do when i am despairing? I look to the Word. I flip through my Bible for certain passages that calm my heart. Maybe they are ones that I have underlined or maybe they are ones I remember that gave me hope in the past.

This was not always the case. It is so easy to just be frustrated or immediately share with a friend. That may temporarily help but it does not give you joy. Or peace.

Psalm 27 starts with "The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?" Love this. I know the song to this and often sing it. The Psalm continues in verse 4, "One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD." These verses do not really allow me to feel sad but give me that extra boost to move past overwhelming heartache.

It ends in verse 14 with, "Wait for the LORD; Be Strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD."

I pray for all of you reading this today that you may cling to God's Word. I pray He directs you to those perfect verses that give you hope. I would love to hear your favorite passage.

Let your heart take courage.


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